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The Indiana Football Coaches Association recently presented Brownstown native Gil Speer, center, with the Ken Leffler Award. Left of Speer is Bob Gaddis, executive director of the IFCA and head coach at Columbus East; and right, Dave Land, retired executive director of the IFCA. By Jordan Morey | The Tribune jmorey@tribtown.com

The Indiana Football Coaches Association recently presented Franklin College assistant Gil Speer with the Ken Leffler Award.

The award is given to a person who contributed to the IFCA North-South All-Star Game and provided service to the IFCA.

Speer has been an IFCA member for 30-plus years. He has been supporting the North-South game, selling tickets at the gate on game night for more than two decades.

He was an All-Star coach for the South in 2001.

Speer, who now coaches the defensive backs for the Grizzlies, attended Hanover College and received his master’s degree from Indiana University. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Indiana University under head coaches Sam Wyche and Bill Mallory.

He worked as the head coach at Northwest High School in Indianapolis and defensive coordinator four other high schools before coming to Franklin in 2015.